OTTAWA—The transition from military and naval life is a challenge even for those who have no conditions requiring ongoing support. The interdependency across serving members, basic training with psychological conditioning, combined with years of service—sometimes in dangerous situations—have a profound lasting impact. Leaving the military’s all-encompassing support network, necessary to perform one’s duties, has difficulties. Mitigation is a responsibility of a modern democracy determined to retain an “A team” capable standing military. As we learned a century ago, the cost of maintaining a fit professional standing military includes assurance that all casualties will be well managed: one veteran, one standard.
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